JOATRASH FX Mando blaster build


tennantlim

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Ever since teaser photos and videos of The Mandalorian were released, I knew I had to build this blaster. Loads of 3D files and kits popped up even before the series premiered but I decided to wait for accurate kits/files to emerge. When JOATRASH FX from RPF announced he was working on his kit, I jumped in blindfolded and hands tied behind my back. His attention to accuracies and details is well known so I know this blaster is going to be kickass! And boy he sure didn't disappoint.
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I got walnut grips from another RPF member Justin Rowan that were crafted exclusively for this kit.
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To replicate the patina on a well-used steel gun, I sanded the gun frames to a smooth finish, concluding by wetsanding with 2000 grit paper. They are spray painted gloss black and let dry for 24 hours. I rubbed graphite powder thoroughly onto them and dabbed heavily thinned flat black acrylic ( I used AK Interactive) over with a soaked cotton ball. The graphite powder somewhat repels the paint, resulting in a faux patina effect that I like. Again, I let this dry for at least 24 hours. No clear or top coat is required.
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Other modifications I made to the kit; used leather craft rivets for the pins on the gun frame
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Real hex nut for the hammer strike
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Fabricated the rod holder out of brass sheet.
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Flame-blued M6 slotted cheesehead screw for the plunger retainer
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talibandaid

New Hunter
That is awesome. Now I want to build one. I have been looking to see if Denix is going to release a Bergmann pistol. I haven't done an actual replica build yet, but am getting ready to do Greedo's DT-12 and just waiting for the greeblies to show up.
 
Love those walnut grips!
Amazing job with your paint and details. This blaster is worthy to be carried by your side. Looks like the real deal to me.
 

tennantlim

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That is awesome. Now I want to build one. I have been looking to see if Denix is going to release a Bergmann pistol. I haven't done an actual replica build yet, but am getting ready to do Greedo's DT-12 and just waiting for the greeblies to show up.
Love those walnut grips!
Amazing job with your paint and details. This blaster is worthy to be carried by your side. Looks like the real deal to me.

Thanks guys! It helps that the kit is a joy to build.
 

Brokk

Active Hunter
Looks fantastic, I've been wanting to try graphite powder so I may follow your method.

I bought his prototype print off him & getting ready to do the work. Did you just use super glue to attach everything?
 

tennantlim

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Damn, thats incredible looking. I investigated the cost of his kits and yowch! Well worth it, it seems, but way more than I can justify.

I will concur the cost is a tad extravagant, but I feel the investment is justified by the level of design accuracy and premium quality of the print.

Looks fantastic, I've been wanting to try graphite powder so I may follow your method.

I bought his prototype print off him & getting ready to do the work. Did you just use super glue to attach everything?

Yup super glue works just fine. All the best with your build and I look forward to seeing it!
 

SolarFett

Hunter
Hey did your hammer have the lines on it so your thumb can grip it enough to pull it back? I just finished WarMachine's replica kit and that aluminum part is smooth, so it's hard to use only your thump to pull it back.
 
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